Development Engineer - Navigation (R0000152)

Houston, TX, USA

Full-Time Exempt Position

U.S. Citizenship Required

About the Role

Intuitive Machines is leading the return to the lunar surface with our Nova-C lander. We proudly put forward an exceptional team that lives at the intersection of rigor and agility. We are seeking the best, the brightest and the driven to be a part of the first commercial landing on the moon. Join our team and you’ll be rewarded with competitive compensation, benefits, and possession of your own unique place in history.


  • Assist with design, implementation, and test of the Nova Navigation application suite

  • Exercise the Navigation application suite against simulated environments and test rigs to validate and verify proper implementation

  • Draft unit tests and coordinate high-level testing of Navigation features and functionality

  • Assist with analyses upon nominal and off-nominal vehicle operations and performance related to Navigation behavior

  • Support console operations of onboard Navigation software during field tests and deployments

Required Education/Experience/Skills

  • B.S. in physics or aerospace engineering

  • Experience in C/C++ development

  • Strong understanding of orbital mechanics, propagation, state determination, and uncertainty

  • Experience with optical navigation techniques and implementations

  • Organized, thorough and methodical approach to software quality and testing

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Capable of both high quantity and high-quality output

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, hard charging, high stakes environment

  • Ability to travel to support operations in various test and deployment scenarios

  • A passion for spaceflight


  • M.S. or PhD in physics or aerospace engineering

  • Experience developing navigation-related flight software

  • Experience integrating with and executing simulations

  • Experience with the design, implementation, and test of solutions involving fault detection, isolation &recovery (FDIR)

  • Experience with xUnit compliant unit test frameworks

  • Experience with GSFC Core Flight Software (CFS) framework

  • Experience with NASA Trick simulation framework

  • Experience with real-time software

  • Experience with spacecraft operations/console support

  • Experience with Windows and POSIX-based operating systems

  • Experience with Docker-based containerization

  • Experience in an agile / scrum development environment

  • Experience in Gitflow coordinated configuration management schemes

Essential Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Applicant selected may be subject to government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

  • Work may involve sitting for extended periods.

  • May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lb.

  • Must have sufficient mobility to enter areas of test facilities where necessary.

  • Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, fax, etc.)

  • Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical.

  • Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

  • Must be able to work in a team atmosphere.

  • Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation.

  • Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.